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Letter: Strauss will answer only to voters of District 1

Given the shrinking tax digest, the dissension within the current Newton County Board of Commissioners, and the addition of companies like Baxter to District 1, it will be as important as ever to carefully understand and choose the best candidate for Newton County's District 1 Board of Commissioner's seat.

Now is the time, on this board, for a commissioner with a real love for the district and a genuine desire to serve the people of the district without regard for any further political aspirations or agendas. That potential commissioner is John Strauss. Mr. Strauss grew up in District 1 riding his bike and playing with friends in the woods and fields of District 1. So despite what you may hear to the contrary, he wants to preserve the rural and agricultural nature of the district by promoting and supporting initiatives aimed at doing just that.

I believe Mr. Strauss' political inexperience can only be viewed as an overwhelming positive given our current national, state, and local political scenarios. In fact, everyone I speak with mentions the fact that his political inexperience makes him an outstanding candidate.

They feel he has not been tainted by deceptive and wasteful politicians seeking another term or the next political office. Mr. Strauss is his own man with skills learned in his profession, guided by Godly principles, and validated by simply looking himself in the mirror each day with no regret. He prides himself on keeping an open mind but stands firm when challenged on what he feels threatens the best interests of District 1.

If fortunate enough to be elected, Mr. Strauss could immediately seek to restore productivity to the board productivity that may have been lost over the last several years. His law practice makes him the ideal candidate for such a task while, at the same time, standing firm for District 1. I have been fortunate enough to be around Mr. Strauss quite a bit over the last several months (years counting church) and he can enable collaboration when no one else can a must-have skill for District 1 moving forward.

In my opinion, these are only a couple of reasons Mr. Strauss chose to run for this position. If elected, Mr. Strauss will answer only to the voters of District 1 all of them, and without regard to social, political, or economic status.

Now is the time for a commissioner that possesses skills needed to preserve what District 1 is while enabling companies like Baxter to settle in Newton County. I am asking you to vote first and foremost, but additionally, I am asking you to vote for my friend, John Strauss, as the next District 1 county commissioner of Newton County.

Stan Edwards Jr.

Mansfield

Comments

henrystamm 2 years, 5 months ago

Are you kidding! This guy can't tell the truth if it killed you. At his first reported statement he wants to change the county by increasing the population in changing the Zoning. Stop glorifying a guy that does not know the word truth. Shame on you at this paper for promoting democrats in republican closing.

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LOVINGLIFE 2 years, 5 months ago

Come on Mr. Henrystamm. How long have you been living in that box , shut off from what is going on in District 1? With Baxter coming to Stanton Springs and more to follow, the population is going to increase. Get your head out of the sand . PLANNING for the future of NEWTON COUNTY is what needs to be done. Mr Strauss has NEWTON COUNTY at heart . Although I agree with Mr. Douglas's rants about Obama , his rants prove to me that his thoughts are elsewhere and not on the issues we have at the county level........

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farmboy 2 years, 5 months ago

How can Henrystamm say Mr. Strass can not tell the truth. He really does not know this man. Strauss tells the people where he stands on issues. He is the only one putting the correct facts out there. Mr. Douglas says he is against the T-Splost, but why did he vote in the Senate for penalties to the counties that does not vote for it. Yes, there is a clause where county's matching funds goes from 10% to 30% on state road projects if it does not pass in Newton County. John Douglas had his chance to voted it down when he was in the Senate. Sounds to me Douglas wants TSPLOST to pass too, but wants to say what is popular. You really do not know where John Douglas stands. That sounds like National politics. John Strauss wants to follow the 2050 plan that keeps District 1 Rural. Read the plan. The population is going to grow. Do you want them spread out in our farm land on condense in a small area outside District 1? If want to keep District 1 rural vote for Strauss.

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henrystamm 2 years, 5 months ago

Lovinglife and Farmboy I know Strauss and the truth hurts.

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inthemiddle 2 years, 5 months ago

I don't live in 3, but if i did, I would vote for Strauss. For one, I haven't forgotten the incident with Douglas where a Conyers PD officer saw him weaving and stopped him to make sure he wasn't drunk. If I recall correctly, Douglas even admitted to talking on the cell phone and possibly swerving. Douglas got really upset and made a big stink about it when all that officer was doing was worrying about other motorist on the road. I have no use for a guy that thinks he is bigger then the law. And I agree that growth is coming to District 3, like it or not. Douglas wants to bury his head in the sand and pretend it doesn't exists. Strauss atleast admits its coming and wants to put plans in place to have the growth planned and controllable rather than the craziness that is the westside of Newton.

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inthemiddle 2 years, 5 months ago

Aw here is the info on Douglas and the Conyers Police.

http://onlineathens.com/stories/082907/opinion_20070829001.shtml

In October of (2006), he was stopped on Interstate 20 by a police officer from the Rockdale County town of Conyers, who saw Douglas' vehicle weaving on the highway and stopped him on suspicion that the senator might have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Conyers officer was on his way home in his marked patrol car when he spotted Douglas' vehicle. He stopped Douglas outside the Conyers city limits, and made a radio call for a Newton County sheriff's deputy. Subsequently, however, the officer determined Douglas wasn't DUI, but was apparently driving erratically as he was talking on his cell phone. The senator was released from the roadside stop without even a citation.

Despite the relatively minor incident, media reports indicate Douglas, apparently incensed that a Conyers police officer stopped him outside the city limits, threatened to use his position in the Georgia General Assembly to block the city's efforts to establish a hotel-motel tax and also to block the city's access to state grant funds.

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Frustrated 2 years, 5 months ago

it went even further than that. Douglas was caught showing up on traffic stops made by CPD officers. Douglas did try to get funds cut of to Conyers and even tried to get the state to order them to stay off the interstate.

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LOVINGLIFE 2 years, 5 months ago

What a shame. I hope the residents of District 1 really think about what the impact of electing John Douglas would be . I dont want anyone with this kind of disregard and arrogance to law enforcement representing district 1 . It only takes one incident like this to prove to me that Mr Douglas is looking out for number 1.............

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dustinketchem 2 years, 5 months ago

Mr Strauss is just being honest. In order to follow the 2050 plan there cannot be a 2 acre minimum. The only thing we can do is elect a commissioner that will follow the 2050 plan, which lays out where the high density residential areas of District 1 will be. What you are calling John Strauss's dishonesty.. is simply someone being realistic and not lying to the public.

John Douglas comes from the most corrupt State Legistlature in the Country. Thats just a fact.

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CharlieBrown0797 2 years, 5 months ago

John Douglas loves power where ever he can find it. It's not about the job with him. It's about the status it provides him. He has been the same since he was on the school board. He is sneaky. He will set things and people in motion to make sure of certain outcomes politically. What happened to good, honest, hard-working, law abiding folks running for office on their own merits. There are a few still out there. The upcoming elections in Newton County may be the most important in years. We MUST elect or re-elect people we feel are the best to lead our community back to a place we are proud to call home. Personally, I don't think John Douglas is that person.

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